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It all adds upHuntington Bank grows stronger with FirstMerit folded into its operations

Steve Steinour has been involved in more than 30 mergers and acquisitions over the course of his career. But Huntington Bank’s acquisition of FirstMerit Corp. last year for $3.4 billion was the largest in the bank’s history.

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Huntington Bank grows stronger with FirstMerit folded...

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ASPIRE 2017 – Entrepreneurial pathways

Every entrepreneur takes a different path to achieve success, but they all share some common traits: confidence, a willingness to take risks and the ability to see a need that other people didn’t even realize existed.

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ASPIRE 2017 – Entrepreneurial pathways

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ASPIRE 2017 – Steven J. Demetriou

Over the years, Steven J. Demetriou has spent time in a wide range of industries, but he’s always approached leadership with the same philosophy.

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ASPIRE 2017 – Steven J. Demetriou

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ASPIRE 2017 – Edward F. Crawford

Edward F. Crawford was a young man working his way through school in the early 1960s when he first put his entrepreneurial skills to the test.

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ASPIRE 2017 – Edward F. Crawford

Insights

A look at the advantages of outsourcing your HR services

When companies choose to outsource their HR services, they create opportunities to focus more intently on issues that matter to employees, says Cheryl Cooper Perez, President and Director of Sales at Benefit Innovations Group.

Why you can’t afford to wait to address concerns with your bank

Time is valuable, so you want to maximize the value of each task on your calendar. This includes external relationships that your company has with partners like your accountant, your legal counsel or your bank. If you feel like you’re doing too much of the heavy lifting to keep your financials in order and not getting enough support from your bank, it’s time to assess the relationship and perhaps even consider making a change, says Northwest Bank's Patrick Paoletta.

Leaders must be willing to change in order to remain competitive

Entrepreneurial spirit can inspire a company to pursue tremendous creativity and innovation, so long as that company has a leader who is firmly behind those lofty endeavors, says Jeff Honaker, Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer at Westfield Bank.

Energizing employees about their health benefits

Getting your employees more involved in open enrollment and other benefits administration activities can pay big dividends in reducing the negative experience of health benefits selection. Jo Hartoyo of eBenefits Solutions, an affiliate of the UPMC Insurance Services Division, explains how.

What to consider before selling, exiting your company

Exiting a business requires seeking advice from those with different points of view on the best strategy, rather than relying on emotions to guide the decision — a fault of many in the position. Huntington Bank's Jim Altman discusses options available to owners once a liquidity event occurs and is complete.